Showtime Documentary Films, the non-fiction arm of CBS-owned, premium pay-TV net Showtime Networks Inc., has ordered a docuseries about notorious hip hop artist Tekashi 6ix9ine from Imagine Documentaries, Rolling Stone and Lightbox.
The three-part series Supervillain profiles the controversial performer, charting his life from being a New York City deli clerk named Daniel Hernandez to his rise as Gen Z superstar Tekashi 6ix9ine and finally to his legal troubles, as he currently serves time in prison on federal racketeering and weapons charges.
It also establishes how Tekashi 6ix9ine became an infamous Internet troll, making as many enemies as fans, eventually being blacklisted by media outlets, shot at, kidnapped and arrested.
The series was inspired by the Rolling Stone feature “Tekashi 6ix9ine: The Rise and Fall of a Hip Hop Supervillain” by investigative journalist Stephen Witt, who also executive produces.
Supervillain is produced by Imagine Documentaries, Rolling Stone and Lightbox. Executive producers are Brian Grazer, Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein for Imagine; Gus Wenner for Rolling Stone; Jonathan Chinn and Simon Chinn for Lightbox; and Stephen Witt.
“The bizarre and complicated rise of Tekashi 6six9ine is a story of our times,” said Vinnie Malhotra, EVP of non-fiction programming at Showtime Networks. “Beyond becoming one of the most notorious hip hop artists of this generation, his story speaks volumes of the impact of social media and manufactured celebrity in our society. We’re thrilled to be partnering with such heavy hitters in the world of music and documentary to bring Supervillain to life.”
Said Justin Wilkes, EP and Imagine Documentaries president: “Tekashi’s story has haunted us since we first read Stephen Witt’s brilliant article in Rolling Stone. “It’s a tale that’s emblematic of our times and we’re honored to be partnered with Showtime, Rolling Stone along with the fantastic filmmaking team at Lightbox in bringing it to life.”